Jordan

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan gained independence in 1946. In 1948 Jordan declared war on the state of Israel following its declaration of independence, subsequently occupying the West Bank. Jordan fought Israel in 1967 during the Six Day War, where it lost the West Bank, and also participated in the Yom Kippur War against Israel six years later, in 1973. The country signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Recently, the country has faced challenges from a large influx of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, as well as from Iraq. Jordan currently allows U.S. and European forces to train members of the Syrian opposition within its borders. Internally, since the outbreak of the Arab Spring, the government has faced opposition from Islamist forces, leading to the replacement of several prime ministers along with promises of reform.

  • Population
    7,930,491
  • Fit for Service
    2,823,692
  • Military EXHD
    9.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $31.21 Billion

Jordan Moves Forces Away From Israeli Border

Jordan has moved some of its security forces away from its border with Israel to beef up security on its Iraqi and Syrian frontier in recent weeks and months, according to Israeli defence officials. Jordan finds itself in the midst of a regional firestorm due to the conflicts in neighbouring Iraq and Syria, where radical […]

ISIS Enters Palestinian Camp in Damascus; Jordan Closes Border

Islamic State militants infiltrated a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Wednesday and were clashing with a Palestinian group, the deepest foray yet by the extremist group into the Syrian capital, seat of President Bashar Assad’s power, according to opposition activists and Palestinian officials. Jordan, meanwhile, closed its only functioning border crossing with Syria, following […]

Saudi Arabia, Allies Launch Air Strikes in Yemen Against Houthi Fighters

Saudi Arabia and Gulf region allies launched military operations including air strikes in Yemen on Thursday, officials said, to counter Iran-allied forces besieging the southern city of Aden where the U.S.-backed Yemeni president had taken refuge. Gulf broadcaster al-Arabiya TV reported that the kingdom was contributing as many as 150,000 troops and 100 warplanes to […]

Night Optics Inc. Awarded $8.8 Million to Provide Night Vision Monoculars to Jordan

Night Optics Inc., Huntington Beach, California, was awarded an $8,752,000 firm-fixed-price Foreign Military Sales contract (Jordan) to procure 2,000 PVS-14 (Sentry 14) night vision monoculars. Work will be performed in Huntington Beach, California, with an estimated completion date of Aug. 16, 2015. One bid was solicited one received. Other procurement funds in the amount of […]

State Department Approves $80 Million Sale of Two Coastal Patrol Boats to Jordan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for 35 Meter Coastal Patrol Boats and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on March 16, 2015. […]

State Department Approves Sale of M31 Guided Rocket System to Jordan

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for M31 Unitary Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Rocket Pods and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $192 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible […]

Hellfire Systems Awarded $144 Million to Produce Hellfire Missiles for Mideast Customers and Australia

Hellfire Systems LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $144,044,911 modification (P00143) to foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-11-C-0242 (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Australia) to exercise option for FY 14 Hellfire II Missile production requirement consisting of 2,060 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers, Air-to Ground (AGM) missiles model AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, ATM-114Q-6 and AGM-114R-5. […]

Covering the Bases: Reassessing U.S. Military Deployments in Turkey After the July 2016 Coup d’État

Download the full report here (PDF). The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements. Today, American forces in Turkey are targeting the […]

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]

French Deployments in the Middle East and North Africa

France is conducting multiple operations against Islamist militant groups throughout the Middle East and North Africa. This map displays the largest French deployments underway in the region. View the full map here. Sahel As part of Operation Barkhane, the French have 3,000 troops deployed across the Sahel region. Their mission is assist the countries of Mauritania, Mali, […]

Category Name
QME

Active Armaments
On Order
Air Defense Systems 805* (200)

Aircraft 223 (41)

Artillery 677 (12)

Ground Vehicles 3,273 (1,021*)

Guided Munitions 4,013* (200*)

Personnel 165,500 (0)

Ships 8 (2)